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Who can model new quinolone-type heterocycles as potential antibacterials?
Synthesis of thieno[2',3':4,5]thieno[3,2-b]- pyridone-3-carboxylic acids

Ulrich Jordis, Fritz Sauter and Peter Martinek

Vienna University of Technology, Inst. Organic Chemistry, Getreidemarkt 9/154, A-1060 Vienna, Austria

Keywords Quinolones / Gyrase inhibitors
Invitation to molecular modelling Comparison with norfloxacine
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The synthesis of members of a new heterocyclic ring system (thieno[2',3':4,5]thieno[3,2-b]pyridine) is described. Compound 9 (and fluorinated derivatives thereof) seem to have a similar spatial arrangement of functional groups as the "mother" of third generation quinolones, norfloxacine. Readers might have the resources and expertise to compare the two structures.
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Explanation and invitation for discussion

In continuation of works described in the accompanying paper [1]Benzothieno[3,2-b]pyridone-3-carboxylic acids as potential antibacterials the title compounds were synthesized using the same methodology.

Compound 9 - not containing the fluorine atom depicted in the above comparison with Norfloxacin - showed no antibacterial activity to warrant further development, but calculations might justify the effort to place a fluorine atom at the desired position of the molecule.


The synthetic sequence is described in Scheme 1. Click here to spawn ISIS/Draw to view the file.

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